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FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology

Chapter 5: Dietary Supplements
Sara Beth Watson
February 2012

Sara Beth Watson authors the "Dietary Supplements" chapter in the book "FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology."  This chapter looks at the ways that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can use its existing authority to regulate nanomaterials in dietary supplements, and the ongoing debates over whether FDA needs new statutory authority to ensure the safety of dietary supplements containing nanomaterials.

The chapter includes:

  • Background on dietary supplements
  • Examples of dietary supplements containing nanomaterials
  • FDA regulation of dietary supplements
  • Applying existing regulations to dietary supplements containing nanomaterials
  • Regulation of dietary supplements in the Europe Union
  • Calls for expanded regulation of dietary supplements containing nanomaterials